Policies and Procedures

5.20 Definition – Professional and Scientific (P&S) Positions

University P&S position assignments are designed to provide managerial direction, administrative supervision or professional service to aid in the establishment and attainment of the University’s mission, goals, and objectives.  P&S employees assist in the formulation and administration of institutional policies and aid in the execution of academic, student and administrative services. P&S employees provide advisory and consultant services, direct a wide range of activities in a variety of departments, and render general assistance by planning, scheduling, and coordinating programs and services offered by the University.  P&S employees provide essential administrative services relating to the management of University funds, personnel, property, space, analysis of systems/procedures as well as student support programs, instructional offerings, computing services, public relations, contract administration, research activities and similar or closely related activities.

University employees serving in P&S positions have, in most instances, received training in a specialized area and hold appropriate academic degree(s) (typically a four-year degree) or possess equivalent experience.   Such employees may also be certified, licensed or registered, as required, with the profession and/or position assignment.

The University of Northern Iowa's mission to maintain excellence in teaching, research and public service requires the support of competent, highly motivated P&S employees. Rapidly changing technology demands that P&S employees continually update skills and knowledge within their areas of expertise. The University acknowledges the need and actively supports programs for the personal and professional development of its P&S employees.

All conditions and privileges of University employment, which have been provided in accordance with recognized University procedures, and formally communicated in writing to individual P&S staff members, will be continued in effect unless otherwise dictated by state or federal law or Board of Regents, State of Iowa action. P&S staff policies and procedures with respect to conditions and privileges of University employment will be otherwise effective.


Human Resource Services, approved March 7, 2016
President’s Cabinet, approved October 3, 2016
President and Executive Management Team, approved October 10, 2016